Real Madrid enters the new season with huge personnel problems. So far, they have not managed to bring in Kylian Mbappe, and with the departure of Karim Benzema, they lack an effective player in attack. In addition, Thibaut Courtois suffered a major injury, which meant that an emergency goalkeeper had to be brought in. The choice fell on a Premier League player.
Real Madrid could not count last season as extremely successful. The club, which in recent years has collected the Spanish championship and cups for the Champions League, in the last games had to be content with only the Copa del Rey. In addition, the line-up for the current season does not look like rivals trembling with fear.
Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan to Real Madrid
The royals have been trying to bring Kylian Mbappe to themselves for many months. They would like to do it after the Frenchman’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires, so that he can join for free. This is not acceptable to PSG, which would like to earn something from the world champion, or possibly keep him for longer. With the departure of Karim Benzema, Los Blancos need a star in attack. For now, the coach can count on Vinicius Junior or Rodrygo.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team also urgently needed a new goalkeeper. Thibaut Courtois tore his cruciate ligament in his knee and will spend the next few months recovering. There is a reserve goalkeeper Andriy Lunin in the team, but the Ukrainian does not enjoy the trust of the Italian coach. For this reason, Real went on a quick shopping spree. Although initially there was talk of a desire to bring David De Gea, the Madrid team announced the signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Chelsea player has been loaned until the end of the 2023/2024 season. Arrizabalaga became the most expensive goalkeeper in the world in 2018 when he left for London from Athletic Bilbao. Born in 1994, the footballer can boast of 13 appearances in the Spanish national team, with which he won the 2022/2023 Nations League.
Real Madrid has started the La Liga season
In the inaugural match of La Liga, Real defeated Bilbao 2-0 away. Lunin stood in the Royal goal.